The Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration “Watch The Throne” kicked off it’s tour on Friday night in Atlanta, Georgia which also happens to be the hometown of Mr. West himself, hey look at that, full circle.
The duo, who have prolific rap careers on their own, performed solo and together, with songs from their years as solo artists as well as new music from Watch The Throne album which made it to the number 1 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart.
The two and a half hour set was pared down from it’s original set list of nearly 41 songs. After the set list floated around the internet last week, fans were expecting a four hour show, I mean, Kanye’s Song “Runaway” is like 20 minutes itself.
After some technical difficulties in the first part of the show (Jay-Z couldn’t hear the music in his ear-piece) he still managed to get through the first single, “H.A.M.” and then performed “Who Gon Stop Me” acapella.
But after that one glitch, everything went smoothly. Hova performed some of his 90’s hits solo like “Where I’m From” and Kanye joined Jay on tracks like “99 Problems.”
West performed his songs like “Jesus Walks” and Jigga joined Ye for “Gold Digger.”
I’d like to point out how many nicknames these two dudes have. Hova, HOV, Jigga, Sean Carter, and Z... and that’s just for Jay-Z.
The duo closed the show with new Watch The Throne song, “Why I Love You.” So far, the only reviews of the show prove that it’s something worth seeing.
AllHipHop.com says, “The Watch The Throne concert totally surpassed anything you would expect…The pair moved like a duo that has performed consistently for years.”
According to one of Jay-Z’s former DJ’s, Green Lantern, he saw the show and called it very “theatrical.” He says, “From the video to the design, it's a lot of Kanye influence. You can see his taste in the set design and in the show, using his band, etc. ... Definitely a lot of Kanye. He gets deep with the artistic side, stuff that I can see, "OK, that's a Kanye thing.”
And Kanye knows a little something about style. Remember stunna shades? Yeah, those were made popular in Kanye’s Glow in the Dark tour.
XXLMag.com says, “The kings of hip-hop…couldn’t have been more regal during their performances.”
“Their enjoyment sharing the stage was obvious as they lef the crowd through the refrain of ‘Run This Town’ and chanted over the heavy, chest-rattling bass in ‘Monster’ as more video of wild animals played behind them,” according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Okay, the wild animal part is a little weird, but other than that I want to scalp seats to any of their upcoming 32 tour dates. The tour raps up on December 18, 2011.